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Gonzaga-BYU: 3 keys to the Bulldogs’ 79-65 victory

Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in Saturday's win over BYU (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga guard Josh Perkins scored 15 points and dished out seven assists in Saturday's win over BYU (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Key moment

BYU was within 52-43 early in the second half when Gonzaga strung together a 13-3 run to open up a 19-point bulge. All 13 points came from GU bigs. Rui Hachimura scored six points, Johnathan Williams added four and Killian Tillie nailed a long 3-pointer.

Offensive player of the game

Take your pick. We’ll go with Josh Perkins, who scored 15 points – one of six Zags in double digits – and had seven assists. He made 4 of 6 3-pointers. He set the tone with two early 3s and hit another just before the first-half buzzer. He drained another triple on GU’s first possession of the second half.

Defensive player of the game

Take your pick, part two. Silas Melson made it a long night for point guard TJ Haws, who scored his only six points on back-to-back possessions in the first half. Haws made just 2 of 6 shots and had just two assists in 32 minutes.

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